My homily from this weekend’s Masses. I pray that you are inspired by the Holy Spirit to go out and do His work in this world. Peace and Blessings.
Prv 8:22-31, Ps 8:4-9, Rom 5:1-5, Jn 16:12-15
Today we experience two beautiful celebrations; Father’s Day and the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. It is a special day for me because I am a Father, a Stepfather, and a Grandfather and when we speak of these roles, we are clear on what they mean and how we are to carry out those roles we play. With the Most Holy Trinity though, it is a bit different. We know that the Most Holy Trinity represents God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit but do we really know what those 3 distinct yet equivalent roles if you will entail.
The idea that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and yet one God has been a teaching of the Church since the very beginning, so we know that it is a revealed doctrine but, if someone asks you to explain what it all means, that is where it gets very difficult for many us but that’s okay. It is a beautiful mystery that He continues to reveal to us each and every day. It is not a doctrine to be fully understood. It is a way of living with the great unknown. It is God’s way of sharing with us how we should live our lives, full of love, kindness, compassion, and humility. Let me explain with a short story.
A gypsy man goes into a village that has a little well in the middle of the square and he is drinking from the well as he was quite thirsty. Across the way, he notices a little boy watching him because every time the man goes for a drink of water, he peers intently into the water of the fountain. This intrigues the young boy.
After seeing the man do this many times, the boy runs over to the man and says to him, “excuse me sir, but why do you stare so long at the water in the well?” “Is someone in the well?” The gypsy man looks at the young boy, smiles, and says, “God lives in the water.” Excitedly, the boy says, “Can I see him too?” The man says, of course, you can and he lifts him up and places him over the well so that he too can look deeply into the water.
As the boy looks into the water, he seems confused. He looks and looks and looks and yet sees nothing. Finally, the boy turns to the man and says, “I don’t see anything. I only see myself in the water.” The man smiles and says, “Yes, that’s where you are going to find God, for He lives in you, He breathes in you, He places all of His love in you. You must find God in yourself.”
This is a beautiful way to explain the Mosy Holy Trinity and where it resides in our own lives. We are not meant to be looking for Him outside, or in books (outside of Sacred Scripture, of course), or in philosophical discussions, or in any other means for the Trinity is truly a mystery, one that cannot easily be revealed but can be explained through the lives we lead. We must look into our own hearts for each one of us is made in the image and likeness of God. We need to give of ourselves, we need to forgive those who may have wronged us, we need to place the needs of others first, putting our own desires on the backburner so that we can make a difference in the lives of others.
Yes, the Most Holy Trinity is a mystery but it is the perfect mystery. It is the perfect realization of perfect love. It is not a problem to be solved but a mystery that needs to be lived by everyone every day. Our desire to be in relationship with others is ultimately our desire for the Trinitarian life. Today, we are invited to reflect on this incredible mystery that is one God in three persons. As we gather here today, we should ask ourselves; What do I believe about God? What kind of God do I believe in? How authentic are my relationships? Am I living a life that my children and those around me see as authentic, one that focuses on being a holy example for others?
One of my favorite pastimes is listening to Contemporary Christian music. There is so much joy and hope in the words of these songs and there is one song that I continually go to as I think it sums it up nicely and today, being Father’s Day, it speaks volumes.
The song is by a trio called Phillips, Craig, and Dean and is entitled “I Want To Be Just Like You” and it is about the time spent between a father and his son as he puts him to bed. The lines that sum up everything for each one of us, not just Dad’s is; “I want to be just like you, ‘cause he wants to be just like me. Want to be a holy example for his innocent eyes to see. Help me be a living Bible, Lord, that my little boy can read. I want to be just like you, ‘cause he wants to be like me.” The impact that a father, stepfather, father figure can have on the lives of their children and those whom they meet can and should be the same impact that our Heavenly Father has had on each one of us. As St. Francis of Assisi once said, “Preach the Gospel and at times, use words.”
Today’s feast represents all that Jesus stood for, from His birth, to His death, and to His ascension into Heaven. We are His disciples and so we too must continue to bring His Good News to others. We must be willing to put our faith on the line, as His apostles did. We must be willing to put everything aside and proclaim to the world that Jesus is Lord and that He truly is the way, the truth, and the life.
As we approach the altar of His love, let us ask God to give us the grace to live more like the Most Holy Trinity, in peace, harmony, and love. Perhaps then, those seeking to know God will begin to believe because they see us as loving images of a God of relationship, in whose images we have been truly made.
And that, my dear brothers and sisters, is no mystery. It is our all-loving reality.